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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion

Keeping Girls in School: New WASH facilities for a brighter future
10 December 2014 – UNICEF and DFID joined Malawi’s Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Honourable Vincent Winstone Ghambi, in officially handing over the child-friendly, inclusive toilet blocks of Dwasulu Community Day Secondary School.

Traditional Authority Mwase: Malawi's largest Open Defecation Free Area
12 November 2014 - Tribal Authority (TA) Mwase consists of 72 villages, with a population of over 60, 000 people. The achievement of convincing all these people to use latrines is attributable to Chief Mwase.

UNICEF Regional Director visits first Open Defecation Free area in Malawi
15 October 2014 - Today marks Global Handwashing Day. In Malawi, this day was celebrated with a visit of UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Ms. Leila Pakkala.

Changing habits and norms through Community-led Total Sanitation
22 March, 2011: Mzimba, the biggest district in northern Malawi, remains one of the most naturally endowed districts in Malawi. Where other districts have depleted their natural tree cover through charcoal burning and other degrading activities....

Community says “No!” to eating faecal matter
Twelve-year-old Joseph Chinkhadze knew that each time a fly landed on his food, it probably carried his neighbours' faecal particles. “I wasn't surprised to see the flies as I knew people living here used the bush around my home as a toilet.”

The first drop of water
She has brought her six month-old daughter Mphatso to Kasungu District Hospital to be treated for diarrhoea. During the night she has spent in hospital, Mphatso has been vomiting and is clearly getting weaker.

Improved sanitation retains more girls in school
She purposefully walks to school knowing that she only has two terms before she goes to secondary school. At 18, Eveless Mayenje is much older than most of her classmates in standard 8.

Changing Sanitation Habits through a “Walk of Shame”
By Victor Chinyama - Fourteen year-old Maureen Mbewe is determined to bring about lasting change in her village. For several years, she has observed with disgust the tendency by some in her village to relieve themselves in nearby bushes ....



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